Polis Center

Polis Center

Polis Center

Polis Center 1200 Waterway Blvd Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

What we do
We collaborate to create innovative place-based solutions that lead to healthier and more resilient communities.

How we do it
We create actionable information, develop creative collaborations, do place-based research, and employ technology effectively to enhance the capacity of communities to respond meaningfully to change.

More about us
As a self-funded research unit of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, our approach is practical, applied, and entrepreneurial. We work collaboratively and often serve as the nexus among diverse community-based organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, arts and cultural organizations, businesses, charitable endowments, and faith-based organizations. We are committed to linking university and community expertise and to the smart use of advanced technologies to help solve problems and help communities take advantage of opportunities.

Geospatial technologies, especially GIS, are our preferred technical tools because of their unique ability to integrate and visualize information by location. We use these tools to develop and analyze data for communities and then involve local experts in helping to understand what the results mean. In doing so, we help communities for more productive decision-making.

In all of the sectors in which we work, we have earned a national reputation as a dynamic urban-centered, learning environment with highly professional staff who excel in partnerships, real-world applications, and winning solutions for the communities.


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May

30

Thu

Thu, May 30, 2019 8:30 AM – Thu, May 30, 2019 11:30 AM @ Polis Center

You have developed a focused question and found the data you need to answer that question. Now you will learn how to find meaning in the data through tables, charts, and maps.

NOTE: If this is your first SAVI course, you will need to create a Participant Profile. (This is a one-time process; you do not need to recreate each class you sign up for.) When you click the Register Now button above, you will be redirected to the registration environment. Click Sign Up in top right corner and follow prompts. Or if you prefer, sign up for the course first and at checkout, you will be asked if you have a Student Profile. If you do not have a profile, please click on the Sign Up button and follow the instructions. If you have an account in this system, choose “Yes I do,” log in with your credentials, and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please call 317.274.2455.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators), Module 3: Find Meaning in the Data, comprehensive, up-to-date statistics on housing, education, crime

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May

16

Thu

Thu, May 16, 2019 9:00 AM – Thu, May 16, 2019 11:00 AM @ Polis Center

Data is most powerful when you understand its limits. This module will give you the knowledge to think critically about data, making you aware of what can cause noise in data and how to use data effectively despite these limitations.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators), Module 2E: Avoid Data Pitfalls, comprehensive, up-to-date statistics on housing, education, crime, nonprofit, public policy, social justice

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May

09

Thu

Thu, May 09, 2019 10:30 AM – Thu, May 09, 2019 12:30 PM @ Polis Center

Now that you know what you want to accomplish with data, you can use that as a framework for choosing the right dataset. We cover the strengths, weaknesses, and costs of readily available data sets, including SAVI, so you have the information you need to locate the data that’s right for you.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assetts and Vulnerabilities Indicators), Module 2A: Find Existing Data, nonprofit, public policy, social justice

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May

09

Thu

Thu, May 09, 2019 8:30 AM – Thu, May 09, 2019 10:30 AM @ Polis Center

Before you can begin using data to inform decisions, identify what you are trying to accomplish and determine how data can help you get there. This will determine what kind of data you need.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assetts and Vulnerabilities Indicators), Module 1A: Frame the Problem, nonprofit, public policy, social justice

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May

02

Thu

Thu, May 02, 2019 9:00 AM – Thu, May 02, 2019 11:00 AM @ Polis Center

Now that you know what you want to accomplish with data, you can use that as a framework for choosing the right dataset. We cover the strengths, weaknesses, and costs of readily available data sets, including SAVI, so you have the information you need to locate the data that’s right for you.

SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicator) helps people and organizations make data-informed decisions.

It’s our vision that all organizations will have access to and use data to improve planning and decision-making and ultimately improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. SAVI is a program of The Polis Center at IUPUI.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicator), SAVI Module 2D: Create and Use Focus Group Data, nonprofit, community, web tools, Polis Center

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Apr

23

Tue

Tue, Apr 23, 2019 6:00 PM – Tue, Apr 23, 2019 8:00 PM @ Polis Center

This course is designed for those who are already familiar with Asset-Based Community Development, but would like to dig deeper into the concept.

This course is designed for those who are already familiar with Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), but would like to dig deeper into the concept. Participants will use data to create engagement plans that reflect the specific demographics of their neighborhood. Those engagement plans can be used to identify and engage with the most important asset in every community – the people. The class will also include exercises that illustrate the principles of asset mapping in a group setting, as well as provide the opportunity to create asset maps for attendees’ own neighborhoods.

This course will be offered on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

Tags: Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Project (INRC), workshop, nonprofit

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Apr

18

Thu

Thu, Apr 18, 2019 9:00 AM – Thu, Apr 18, 2019 11:00 AM @ Polis Center

Surveys can be a cheap way to collect extensive data. In this module you will learn the different ways that survey data can be collected and analyzed.

SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicator) helps people and organizations make data-informed decisions.

It’s our vision that all organizations will have access to and use data to improve planning and decision-making and ultimately improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. SAVI is a program of The Polis Center at IUPUI.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicator), SAVI Module 2C: Create and Use Survey Data, nonprofit, community, Polis Center, web tools

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Apr

04

Thu

Thu, Apr 04, 2019 8:30 AM – Thu, Apr 04, 2019 10:30 AM @ Polis Center

Before you can begin using data to inform decisions, identify what you are trying to accomplish and determine how data can help you get there. This will determine what kind of data you need.


SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicator) helps people and organizations make data-informed decisions.

It’s our vision that all organizations will have access to and use data to improve planning and decision-making and ultimately improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. SAVI is a program of The Polis Center at IUPUI.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicator), SAVI Module 1A: Frame the Problem, nonprofit, Community, Polis Center

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Apr

04

Thu

Thu, Apr 04, 2019 10:30 AM – Thu, Apr 04, 2019 12:30 PM @ Polis Center

Now that you know what you want to accomplish with data, you can use that as a framework for choosing the right dataset. We cover the strengths, weaknesses, and costs of readily available data sets, including SAVI, so you have the information you need to locate the data that’s right for you.

SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicator) helps people and organizations make data-informed decisions.

It’s our vision that all organizations will have access to and use data to improve planning and decision-making and ultimately improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. SAVI is a program of The Polis Center at IUPUI.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicator), SAVI Module 2A: Find Existing Data, nonprofit, community, web tools, Polis Center

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Feb

14

Thu

Thu, Feb 14, 2019 9:00 AM – Thu, Feb 14, 2019 11:00 AM @ Polis Center

Surveys can be a cheap way to collect extensive data.  In this module you will learn the different ways that survey data can be collected and analyzed.

Click here for registration help.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn to create surveys
  • Understand survey samples and estimates
  • Analyze and interpret survey results

Prerequisite Skills

Find this in Module 1A: Framing the Problem:

  • How to frame problems so that you have a specific and measurable question that can help you meet your goal
  • What you want to accomplish with data (so that you can determine which data will meet your needs)

Find this in Module 2A: Finding Existing Data:

  • What data already exists, and how to choose the right data source

Tags: SAVI Module 2C: Create and Use Survey Data, Social Assets and Vulnerabilites Indicator, online tool, training

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Jan

31

Thu

Thu, Jan 31, 2019 9:00 AM – Thu, Jan 31, 2019 11:00 AM @ Polis Center

There are a number of ways to collect data on your clients, your agency, your programs and your communities. If you are interested in exploring these options, this course will help you learn about the strengths and weaknesses of each choice.

Tags: SAVI Module 2B: Create and Use Client Data, nonprofit, public policy, social justice

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Jan

17

Thu

Thu, Jan 17, 2019 8:30 AM – Thu, Jan 17, 2019 10:30 AM @ Polis Center

Before you can begin using data to inform decisions, identify what you are trying to accomplish and determine how data can help you get there. This will determine what kind of data you need.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assetts and Vulnerabilities Indicators), Module 1A: Frame the Problem, nonprofit, public policy, social justice

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Jan

17

Thu

Thu, Jan 17, 2019 10:30 AM – Thu, Jan 17, 2019 12:30 PM @ Polis Center

Now that you know what you want to accomplish with data, you can use that as a framework for choosing the right dataset. We cover the strengths, weaknesses, and costs of readily available data sets, including SAVI, so you have the information you need to locate the data that’s right for you.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assetts and Vulnerabilities Indicators), Module 2A: Find Existing Data, nonprofit, public policy, social justice

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Sep

13

Thu

Thu, Sep 13, 2018 8:30 AM – Thu, Sep 13, 2018 10:30 AM @ Polis Center

Before you can begin using data to inform decisions, identify what you are trying to accomplish and determine how data can help you get there. This will determine what kind of data you need.

Click here for registration help.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assetts and Vulnerabilities Indicators), Module 1A: Frame the Problem

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Sep

06

Thu

Thu, Sep 06, 2018 9:00 AM – Thu, Sep 06, 2018 11:00 AM @ Polis Center

After you have gained insight from data, you need to persuasively communicate what you have learned. This module will give you the skills to put your analysis in the context of a compelling narrative and to build your argument logically and convincingly.
Click here for registration help.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assetts and Vulnerabilities Indicators), Module 4A: Tell Stories with Data

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Aug

23

Thu

Thu, Aug 23, 2018 8:30 AM – Thu, Aug 23, 2018 11:30 AM @ Polis Center

You have developed a focused question and found the data you need to answer that question. Now you will learn how to find meaning in the data through tables, charts, and maps.

NOTE: If this is your first SAVI course, you will need to create a Participant Profile. (This is a one-time process; you do not need to recreate each class you sign up for.) When you click the Register Now button above, you will be redirected to the registration environment. Click Sign Up in top right corner and follow prompts. Or if you prefer, sign up for the course first and at checkout, you will be asked if you have a Student Profile. If you do not have a profile, please click on the Sign Up button and follow the instructions. If you have an account in this system, choose “Yes I do,” log in with your credentials, and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please call 317.274.2455.

Tags: SAVI (Social Assetts and Vulnerabilities Indicators), Module 3: Find Meaning in the Data

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